A farmer in a small village once had a horse run away. Since the village was poor, his neighbors came by and said “What a terrible thing, your horse running away.” The farmer simply replied, “maybe.”
The next day, the horse came home, and had brought along a group of wild horses. “Wow, how fortunate!” said the neighbors. “Maybe,” replied the farmer.
When the farmer’s son was trying to tame one of the wild horses, he was bucked off and broke his leg. “How awful!” the neighbors exclaimed. “Maybe,” said the farmer.
Later, an army passed through the village, conscripting all able-bodied young men. The farmer’s son was passed over because of his broken leg. “How lucky you are,” the neighbors said. You can guess the farmer’s response.
Too often, we are making judgments and comparisons, which tend to keep us stuck in the past or lost in thoughts about an unknown future. Take a deep breath, and stop to appreciate the little things in this moment.
A few weeks ago the Lord put the song, “A Bushel and A Peck” in my head. It’s very strange, I don’t even know how I know this song or why in the world I suddenly thought of it. It was like the Lord wanted me to sing it to Angel. So I picked up my guitar and started singing it.
It’s a catchy little tune. In fact, the song is so persistent, I find it running through my head all the time. I bet the same thing will happen to you when you listen to it. I dare you.
Here’s me singing it to Angel. You can notice her hugging her little pony. (Thanks, Missy, for the videos, which I borrowed from your blog!)
And here’s Angel singing it on her own (with Mommy’s help!)
Why is this information important? Good question.
The word “bushel” itself dates back to the 1300’s and originally means a large indefinite quantity. The noun “peck” means a large number or amount or extent.
I think God wants us to know how much He loves us. In fact I don’t just think, I know. Because He says it here, in Jeremiah 9:23-24: “This is what the LORD says: ‘Don’t let the wise boast in their wisdom, or the powerful boast in their power, or the rich boast in their riches. But those who wish to boast should boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the LORD who demonstrates unfailing love and who brings justice and righteousness to the earth, and that I delight in these things. I, the LORD, have spoken!'”
Our God loves us a bushel and a peck!
“And I pray that you…..may grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge.” Ephesians 3:14-21